Gordon Bishop

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Gordon Bishop
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Western Mail 4 Oct 1918 page 21
Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Apr 1890
Place of Birth Serpentine, Western Australia
Death 30 Aug 1918
Place of Death 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, Peronne, Somme, France
Age at Enlistment 25 Years, 4 months
Description 5' 10 ½ " (1.79m) tall ; 136 lbs
61.689 kg
; dark complexion ; grey eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Wood working machinist
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Anstey street, Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Margaret Bishop
Military Information
Reg Number 1215
Date of Enlistment 19 Jul 1915
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 32nd Battalion, D Company
Date of Embarkation 28 Nov 1915 ‒ 18 Dec 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A13 Katuna
Fate Wounded in Action 29 Aug 1918 near Assevillers, France
Died of Wounds on 30 Aug 1918.
Monument Mundijong School Roll of Honour
Mundijong Honour Roll
Canning Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

wood working machinist with Millar's Timber & Trading Coy. Brother of 1897 Frederick James Bishop.

War Service

Within a month of commencing his training, Gordon was allocated to 'D' Company of the 32nd Battalion which was then in the process of forming several Companies each in both Perth and Adelaide.

The battalion travelled to Egypt too late to participate at Gallipoli, and they entered France through Marseilles on 23 Jun 1916 aboard HMT Transylvania.

Gordon was promoted Corporal on 26 May 1916, and was made a temporary Sergeant on 24 Jul 1916. He was confirmed in that rank on 19 Oct 1916, following a training course in France during August 1916.

Gordon suffered several short periods of illness, myalgia and scabies, but spent most of the time with his unit until in late November early December 1917 when he enjoyed a fortnight's leave in England.

On 29 Aug 1918 the 32nd Battalion was back in the front line. The unit's War Diary doesn't speak of casualties, although the period 27th to 30th was spent in the front line advancing from north of Proyart towards Barleux. Gordon's wounds were most likely received as they moved from Fay to Assevillers on the 29th. His wounds were described as shell wounds to both hands, his side, and his head. He was the acting Company Sergeant Major of 'D' Company at the time.

Gordon was admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, before being transferred to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station where he died nine weeks after his brother Fred.


Gordon's military records have conflicting entries for his travel to Egypt. One set records him leaving Adelaide aboard the HMAT A2 Geelong, and another the HMAT A13 Katuna.

  • Daours Communal Cemetery Extension
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Buried Daours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot 7, Row A, Grave 58)

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